Information and support for current students
Research students have access to the University of the Highlands and Islands library services and e-resources and can request items through the British Library.
Once registered on our student records system, you will be allocated a username, e-mail address and password. You will retain the same username throughout your time at university, but you will have to re-register at the start of each academic year to ensure continued access to systems.
Your university email address will be used for all Graduate School communications. If you wish to use an alternative email address you must ensure mail from your university account is forwarded. It is your responsibility to check e-mail on a regular basis; the failure to check e-mail, non-receipt of e-mail due to a mailbox being over quota or the non-delivery of a message to a non-university account cannot be used as grounds for an academic appeal.
Blackboard is the university's virtual learning environment. Postgraduate research students have their own designated Blackboard site, which can be accessed with your student ID, and password. This is the central source of information throughout your degree and includes details on procedures, forms and generic training.
At the start of your studies, and in each subsequent academic year, you are required to enrol online. You will receive an email from the Graduate School with instructions and it is vital you do this promptly to ensure access to university systems. You must update your details in the student records system, UHI Records, if your situation changes in any way e.g. change of address or contact details.
Developing personal, employment-related and generic research skills is an important part of postgraduate research training. You will undertake a skills audit when you commence study, and at regular intervals, to determine research, transferable and generic skills requirements.
All students are invited to attend an initial induction: this is usually a two day event covering all aspects of administration; meeting key staff; understanding procedures; focused training; and social time. In addition, Academic Partners offer in-house induction sessions for new postgraduates.
Postgraduate research training opportunities
The Graduate School offers a wide variety of training opportunities for postgraduate research students to help their research degree experience, brush up on essential skills, and to interact and socialise with other students from across the network. In addition, you will have access to training and events run by the Scottish Graduate Schools (Arts and Humanities; and Social Science) and the University of Edinburgh.
Take a look at the events calendar located in the postgraduate research module of Blackboard. Details of additional training events are also circulated via email as and when they become available.
Annual postgraduate research conference
The postgraduate research conference is an important date for research students. This is held annually, and is hosted by a different Academic Partner from within the university network each year. All students are invited to attend this event, to share experiences, communicate their work through presentations and posters, learn new skills, and importantly to spend time with other UHI researchers, students and staff.
Biennial Research Conference
The Research Conference was last held in November 2016 at Inverness College UHI and the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness. It was attended by over 200 staff and students and included research presentations, keynote speakers, training sessions and social events. The next Research Conference will be held in 2018 in Perth.
Full information on the 2018 conference can be found on the Research Conference webpage.
If you have any training questions please email the Graduate School in the first instance.
Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES)
The Higher Education Academy runs PRES, which is the only UK, sector-wide survey to gain insight from postgraduate research students about their learning and supervision experience, and we conduct PRES every other year.
In the 2017 survey, the University of the Highlands and Islands scored 89% student satisfaction rating relating to their experience on their research degree programme. This score is 7% above the Scottish and UK sector average and represents one of the best scores in the UK.
Read the full Higher Education Academy report on PRES 2017 (opens in new window)